What’s an Auxiliar de Conversación?
Cultural Ambassadors: North American Language and Culture Assistants in Spain
A.K.A. English Language and Culture Assistants, “Teacher,” Profe de inglés, Ésa que habla inglés. All fall under the umbrella term “Auxiliares de conversación” under the Ministerio de Educación y Formación Profesional.
The original definition
Auxiliares de conversación, or English Language and Culture Assistants, are native English-speaking college graduates (many are from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia) that spend a year in Spain supporting teachers in public primary and secondary schools through Spain’s Ministerio de Educación y Formación Profesional. Auxiliares are also called North American Language and Culture Assistants in Spain and/or Cultural Ambassadors. They receive healthcare and a monthly stipend and there is no fee to apply to the program. Our free website provides hundreds of teaching resources, teacher training, and 1-1 mentoring to these auxiliares de conversación.
There are now other Teach English in Spain programs that also call their supporting teachers auxiliares de conversación or language assistants. All are welcome to use this site’s resources. When applying to other programs, however, be aware that there may be fees.
The most similar paid programs include:
Meddeas language assistant
English Language Assistant through Colegios Bilingües Cooperativos’ UCETAM program
Why do they Need Free Resources?
According to a study conducted in Fall 2018, auxiliares identified three main areas of improvement for the program. As a result, we focused on offering the following resources:
Auxiliares need training in pedagogical methods- especially classroom management. The Teaching 101 course will supplement your October training.
In some schools, auxiliares are expected to take charge of classes and plan entire lessons. See activities & lessons for resources, games, culture presentations and conversation topics galore.
Many auxiliares requested to be paired with an experienced mentor. Click on the mentors & groups section.